Cry of the City Reviews

April 4, 2019
Bold, uncompromising and brimming with powerful performances, Cry of the City is something of a forgotten classic
January 28, 2017
The urban atmosphere of city traffic and the scuffed and worn authenticity of real storefronts and sidewalks gives the film a charge of realism but Siodmak forgoes docurealism for his beloved expressionist style.
December 9, 2016
the strengths of Cry of the City lie mostly in the strong performances ... and realistic evocation of life among the urban poor
April 23, 2015
The beauty of Siodmak's film is how it objectively observes how a man acts with the spectre of death on his shoulder.
April 16, 2015
In luscious blacks and whites, this film noir thriller takes place in Little Italy, New York, and is a precursor to the cinema of Scorsese, with a touch of Hitchcock in its affectionate embrace of man's dark side.
April 16, 2015
The sequences on the rainy, neon-lit streets of downtown Manhattan are brought off with exhilarating flair and the two men's closeup confrontations have power and punch.
April 13, 2015
Film noir doesn't get much murkier than Robert Siodmak's 1948 New York-set immigrant story.
October 18, 2008
It's an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and tension inherent in such a plot.
June 20, 2007
Splendid on-location photography by Sersen and top performances from Mature, Conte, and the wicked Emerson make this a film noir must.
Top Critic
February 10, 2007
Riveting example of Siodmak's skill not only in transforming indifferent material, but in giving the feel of studio noir to location shooting.
February 10, 2007
The supporting cast is mainly wasted, with interesting characters quickly sidelined in favour of an impossibly complicated story, while a plot strand involving stolen diamonds just doesn't work.
February 10, 2007
Cry of the City may be strident at times but its message, story and players are thoroughly effective.
February 7, 2007
Top notch film noir.